Creating an original voice, going against the grain of convention, has little to do with the spark we are often told about. Rather, it is a conscious effort to know the rules and when to innovate.
There are so many things I want to talk about, and they all revolve around the question of ownership of stories and the idea of author/reader interaction. When a story has entered popular culture, how much right does the author have to do exactly what they want with the characters they created, and how much […]
An editor’s job is often a thankless one. Those who stand between grammatical chaos and the unsuspecting public are called killjoys, grammar nazis, and soulless corporate minions. When the weight of all this negativity becomes too much, you can talk with your doctor about Prozac, or you can read this list of the Top Ten […]
This post is a continuation of an earlier discussion concerning recent developments in subscription reading services. Big publishing continues experimenting with the subscription reading services Oyster and Scribd: 15,000 Harlequin romance titles became available through Scribd just last week. Sustaining this success is contingent on a host of delicately balanced circumstances, detailed in my last […]
While this year’s Fourth of July fireworks displays around the country were bold and beautiful, the fireworks between online retail giant Amazon.com and long-standing book publisher Hachette were anything but. Over the holiday weekend, support for Authors Guild Council Member Douglas Preston’s open letter to Amazon hit 300 signatures, with big names like Stephen King, […]
Happy Halloween, my fiendish, book-loving friends! Today is a special day. In fact, today may be my favorite day. Today is All Hallow’s Eve. Most of you might think today is about monsters, candy, and outright creepiness, but I like to think of this macabre holiday in a different light. So let me begin again: […]